Hericium erinaceus (also called lion’s mane mushroom, bearded tooth mushroom, satyr’s beard, bearded hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom, or bearded tooth fungus) is an edible and medicinal mushroom belonging to the tooth fungus group.
Just cut into tubes without wash it not to absorb water and stir it in butter or oil. If you cut into slices, you can fry it as vegetarian fried meat. Hericium erinaceus is a choice edible when young, and the texture of the cooked mushroom is often compared to seafood. It tastes like veal or poultry with some coconut, lemongrass and fruit aroma.
It contains as many nutrients as other mushrooms but it contains more essential aminos acids. Totally there are 16 essential amino acids in this mushroom out of 19 which means that it almos contains all of them.
This mushroom is cultivated commercially on logs or sterilized sawdust in China. Sawdust, paper pulp, rice, hay, corn cobs, sugar cane and cotton waste are also used as soil. Additives can be bran, plaster or sucrose; in particular, the addition of wheat bran gives fast growing and strong mushroom body.